From the Boardroom to the Bike: Managing Stress in Work and Workouts

The boardroom’s high-pressure decisions and the bike’s relentless climbs have one thing in common: stress. In the demanding world of career-driven triathletes, it’s crucial to strike a balance, ensuring that stress doesn’t overpower productivity or passion. Here’s how to manage and channel that stress positively:

  1. Transitional Rituals: Develop a ritual to bridge your work and training. It could be a five-minute meditation, changing into your workout gear, or simply listening to a motivating song. This helps reset your mindset, separating work stress from training focus.
  2. Train Smart: Listen to your body. If you’ve had a particularly grueling day at work, it might be best to opt for a lighter workout or even rest. Pushing too hard when mentally exhausted can lead to burnout or injury.
  3. Perspective is Power: Remember why you started triathlon training. Was it a personal challenge? A stress buster? An escape? Keeping your “why” at the forefront can help diminish the weight of work-related stress during training.
  4. Breathing Techniques: Deep, intentional breathing not only improves athletic performance but also reduces stress. Practicing mindful breathing in the boardroom can help you stay calm under pressure, and on the bike, it can optimize your performance.
  5. Seek Support: Talk about your challenges with fellow triathletes or colleagues. They can offer insights, share their coping strategies, or simply lend an understanding ear.

Life’s race is filled with boardroom battles and biking milestones. By mastering the art of stress management, you can navigate both terrains with resilience and grace, proving that success and serenity can, indeed, go hand in hand.

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To Greg, rest is overrated. As a CEO of a small business emerging from bankruptcy, he spends the workday applying his skill as a turnaround restructuring expert to implement business plans that achieve success. His experience with maximizing resources applies to all aspects of his life. Greg balances family, work and an ambitious training regimen as he prepares for the Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon. Like the event itself, his daily life covers lots of different terrain.

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